Chair, Well Living Lab Scientific Advisory Council + Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D., is the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, the former Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation. He has also held positions as Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Medicine (DOM), Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Chair of the DOM, all at Mayo Clinic.
In 2005, while Chair of the DOM, he created the Program in Innovative Health Care Delivery that included SPARC, a multidisciplinary team of designers and project managers embedded in the Mayo Clinic clinical practice. His approach to transforming the experience and delivery of health care is based on the disciplines of innovation and design thinking; it was modeled on the scientific method including observation, hypothesis generation, prototypes and pilots. This effort led to the creation in 2008 of the CFI currently employing over 50 individuals from diverse disciplines. He coauthored a book entitled “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast” describing the fusion method of innovation that is the hallmark of Mayo’s CFI. Subsequent to launching the CFI, Dr. LaRusso developed the strategy and business plans for Mayo’s Affiliated Network Initiative as well as Mayo’s new Center for Connected Care to extend Mayo’s expertise beyond bricks and mortar. Dr. LaRusso received his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Boston College, his M.D. degree from New York Medical College, and his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Mayo, the latter as an NIH fellow in the laboratory of Alan Hofmann. Before assuming a faculty position at Mayo, he was a guest investigator at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of the Noble laureate, Christian de Duve. A member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, he is the former editor of GASTROENTEROLOGY and past president of both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Among other honors, he is a recipient of a MERIT Award and the Principle Investigator on two R01s and on a Silvio Conte Digestive Diseases Center grant, all from NIH. He has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the AGA, and was ranked in the top 1% of physicians in the country by US News and World Report.
Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley
Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in the Building Science Program of the Dept. of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center with over 40 industry partners from various sectors of the building industry. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings to simultaneously minimize energy consumption while enhancing indoor environmental quality. She has particular interests in thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation and mixed-mode buildings, and personalized environmental control. Among her many service activities, Dr. Brager was the founding Chair of the Research Committee of the US Green Building Council. She is an ASHRAE Fellow and Past-President of the Golden Gate ASHRAE Chapter.
Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Pediatrics, Fielding School of Public Health + the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Fielding, M.D., is chair of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and was a founding member of the U.S. Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. He currently is a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Fielding served for 16 years as the director of public health and health officer for the Los Angeles County. Formerly, he was Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He served as president and regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 original articles, commentaries, editorials and chapters on various aspects of public health, preventive medicine, and health services. Dr. Fielding is an elected member of the Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and has served on its Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. He is the longstanding editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and a presidentially appointed member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health to the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. Dr. Fielding also served as a Director and Chair of the National Truth Initiative, dedicated to reducing tobacco use, and a Director of Shatterproof, a non-profit fighting addiction nationally.
Dr. Fielding received his medical degree with honors from Harvard School of Medicine and a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall’s laboratory performs experiments in humans and rodents and develops mathematical models and computer simulations to help design, predict, and interpret experimental data. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the NIH Director’s Award, the NIDDK Director’s Award, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner (http://BWPlanner.niddk.nih.gov) has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.
Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic
Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases. He has joint appointments in Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine as well as in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of the Mayo Clinical Research Unit’s Energy Balance Core Laboratory and directs his own research laboratory in human integrative and environmental physiology. The majority of his research has focused on factors limiting human performance in various clinical syndromes, in athletes and under extreme environmental conditions. He has led field studies in Antarctica, funded through the National Science Foundation, on Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Mt Everest and studied unique populations such as breath hold divers in Croatia and F22 pilots from the US Air Force. His clinical research focuses on novel methods for detection and tracking chronic disease as well as environmental factors that may be involved in disease risk. His laboratory also works closely with consumer and medical device companies that track health status through wearable or passive sensing as well as with early phase supplement and pharmaceutical company products. NIH, DOD, NSF, State of Minnesota and Industry have funded his work.
Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in the US General Services Administration.
Kevin Kampschroer has created the framework for which the General Service Administration (GSA) responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He leads GSA’s weather and climate-related risk management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, concentrating on cost-effective energy and water efficiencies. His work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished the mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of sustainable design and training, as well as the creation of rigorous environmental management systems. Mr. Kampschroer led the creation of real estate portfolio management; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2 ). Mr. Kampschroer has worked for GSA for more than 40 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics, University Medical Center Groningen (Umcg), Groningen, the Netherlands
Folkert Kuipers, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, the Netherlands. From September 2008-March 2016 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UMCG. He studied biology/biochemistry at the University of Groningen and received his Ph.D. degree in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen. His research program deals with regulation and development of lipid and cholesterol metabolism and transport in liver and intestine and with the interactions between carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in metabolic disorders associated with obesity and ageing. He is one of the initiators of the Alliance for Healthy Aging, a transatlantic network organization. He is (co-) author of >300 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised >25 Ph.D. theses. He served, amongst others, as member of the Scientific Committees of the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (EASL), the European Lipoprotein Club (ELC) and the Dutch Atherosclerosis Society (DAS). Currently, he is a member of the Dutch Permanent National Committee Large Research Infrastructure and of the External Advisory Boards of the Pasteur Institute in Lille (France) and the Robert & Arlene Kogod Center for Aging Research at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA).
Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Steven Lockley, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne and a Program Leader for the CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity in Australia.
Dr. Lockley received his BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Manchester, UK in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Surrey after studying circadian rhythms in the blind. He has over 20 years’ experience on sleep and circadian rhythm research, and is a specialist in the effects of light on the circadian pacemaker and other ‘non-visual’ responses to light in sighted and blind individuals. He has studied the role of light timing, duration, intensity, wavelength and history and most notably to date, the wavelength sensitivity of the circadian photoreception system, supporting the remarkable earlier discovery of a novel non-rod, non-cone short-wavelength sensitive photoreceptor in ganglion cell layer of the human eye. Dr. Lockley has studied extensively the effects of blindness on sleep, circadian rhythm and alertness in laboratory and real-world settings, and has also studied the therapeutic benefits of light. He is currently performing functional ground, analog and flight tests of new ‘tunable’ solid-state lighting for the International Space Station. He has published more than 100 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on sleep and circadian rhythms and the NIH, NASA and others fund his research. He consults with a number of companies in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, light, jetlag and shiftwork. He recently co-authored ‘Sleep: A Very Short Introduction‘ from Oxford University Press. https://sleep.med.harvard.edu/people/faculty/163
FAIA, LEED AP, University Professor, Paul Mellon Professor, Andrew Mellon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian Loftness is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Véronique L. Roger, M.D., MPH, a graduate of the Paris, France Medical School and the Minnesota School of Public Health, is the Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and outcomes researcher. Her research program focuses on the occurrence and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1996. It is linked within the internationally recognized Rochester Epidemiology Project.
As the founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science in Health Care Delivery, she was responsible for multicenter large scale data partnerships focused on the research use of clinical data. Dr. Roger leads one of 13 Clinical Data Research Networks funded by the U.S. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. These multisite data networks originate in healthcare systems and securely collect health information during the course of patient care. Dr. Roger serves on several national committees that focus on data sciences, the use of clinical data for research and pragmatic trials. As a clinician, researcher and leader formally trained in medicine and epidemiology, Dr. Roger has extensive experience with the use of clinical data for research and improvement in the delivery of care.
Author & Director of Research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic
Amit Sood, M.D., is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic and is a professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Sood has developed an innovative approach toward stress management and resiliency by incorporating concepts from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Several National Institutes of Health and foundation grants support his research into developing integrative and mind-body approaches in conventional medical care and promoting well-being. He is the author of the book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.
He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed original articles, as well as editorials, and book chapters. In 2008, ODE Magazine named him as one of 20 “Intelligent Optimists,” who are helping the world become a better place.
Dr. Sood completed his internal medicine training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in clinical research at Mayo Clinic.
Vice President, Chief Health Transformation Officer, IBM Watson Health, Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University
At Watson Health, Dr. Tang is responsible for ensuring that IBM technologies, capabilities and data are applied to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, using cognitive insights.
Prior to coming to Watson Health, Dr. Tang was Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), overseeing the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, a disruptive innovation center focused on grand challenges in health. He was the first to implement an electronic health record system in California in 1999 and co-developed the personal health record system with Epic in 2000. Currently, over 86% of PAMF patients are using the personal health record system.
Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care in America, innovative uses of health information technology (HIT), empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the US. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served on numerous IOM study committees, including a patient-safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.
Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University and is a Board-certified practicing Internist.
Barbara Spurrier recently joined Delos as Senior Vice President, Ventures and Managing Director, Well Living Lab. From 2008 to her appointment at Delos in January 2016, Barbara served as Administrative Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), responsible for building the CFI from the ground up, with a mission to transform the delivery and experience of health and health care, and advance a competency of innovation across Mayo Clinic.
Prior to 2008, she held professional appointments as Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine, Chief of Ambulatory Care at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and Senior Administrator at HealthPartners. Barbara has been active with the University of Minnesota, serving as a preceptor for students, a member of the MHA Alumni Board and participating as a guest lecturer in the business school. Barbara has a Leadership Quality Blackbelt Certification from the Juran Institute, is Past President of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Academic Practice Assembly, served on the MGMA Board of Directors and became a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) in 2008. Barbara is co-author of the 2015 book Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from Mayo Clinic.
Barbara received a BA in Economics and a Masters in Health Care Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota and held various training positions post graduate school at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Minnesota Department of Health, VAMC and the Aga Khan Hospital in east Africa.
Dr. Bauer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and has been on staff at Mayo Clinic for 23 years. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and over 100 papers on this topic, and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Bauer is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on over 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic evaluating CAM therapies, ranging from acupuncture to valerian. He is the Medical Director of Rejuvenate, the first spa at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director of the Well Living Lab — a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies. His work is at the forefront of the emerging field of integrative medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.
Dana Pillai leads Delos Labs, the research and development arm of Delos Living. Some of the products developed at the labs are the WELL Building Standard and the Stay Well hotel room program. In the process of research, Dana helps guide intellectual property development and partners with renowned scientists and institutions to keep the company abreast of developments in the field of wellness.
Prior to joining Delos, Dana was a research coordinator at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he was instrumental in applying mapping technologies to assist the evaluation of development policies on infrastructure, education, health and agriculture. He established the Geographic Information System for the Millennium Villages Project – the flagship proof of concept vehicle for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Dana holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. He was also a William J Clinton Fellow for Service in India. Dana and his wife, Karen, live in Rochester, Minnesota with their two sons.
Anja is a behavioral science consultant passionate about improving the design of the built environment. At the Well Living Lab, Anja leads and supports research projects testing the effects of the indoor environment on people’s performance, productivity, mood, satisfaction and well-being. She also heads the development of an app to test people’s cognitive function in different environmental conditions.
Before joining the Well Living Lab team, Anja was a postdoctoral research fellow in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Anja received her B.Sc. in psychology and cognitive science from McGill University and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University. Her academic research focused on people’s reasoning, language use, spatial cognition, metaphor and the development of abstract concepts.
Anja is also a digital associate editor at the Psychonomic Society, where she writes articles geared to a general audience on psychology and cognitive science findings.
Brant brings 20 years of information technology and experience to the Well Living Lab. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Luther College, he helped develop software for the retail giant Best Buy and consulting firm Accenture Technology Solutions. Later he joined Mayo Clinic’s Emergency Department to lead the design and development effort for the YES Board project – a HIPPA compliant real-time multi-patient situational awareness dashboard of patient flow. He also led the development of Mayo’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center wellness patient record.
In 2012, Brant joined startup DoApp Inc., a mobile application and ad network company which develops mobile apps for the news publishing and broadcast industries. Here, Brant’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for elegant user interfaces took off. Brant has experience in both front-end and back-end programming, cross-browser web development, and cloud applications.
In February 2016, he rejoined Mayo Clinic to work with the Well Living Lab in Rochester, MN where he develops solutions to gather research data to study indoor comfort and health. His ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative and interactive environment is serving him well, as he gets to explore his interests in the Internet of Things, wireless sensors and actuators, internet capable systems-on-a-chip, big data and cloud computing.
As a Behavioral Scientist and Director with Delos Labs, Carolina investigates the impact of the built environment on human health, behavior, cognition and well-being. Carolina also supports other divisions of Delos as a consultant and conducts primary research with the Well Living Lab.
Prior to joining Delos, Carolina was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her primary research focus was investigating the effect of naps on cognition in preschoolers. She also examined how environmental factors; such as television exposure, diet, and exercise impacted preschooler’s sleep and potential links between brain maturation, sleep, and napping frequency in early childhood. Carolina’s Ph.D. research focused on the benefits of sleep on cognitive functioning in adults, and more specifically, on memory and emotional processing. In addition to her sleep research, Carolina’s Ph.D. research broadly focused on memory formation and consolidation. Specifically, she investigated the effects of emotion on memory and the development of autobiographical memory. Carolina has also collaborated on research investigating the neurobiological correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Carolina received her Ph.D. and MA in Psychology, with an emphasis on human cognition and development, from Emory University and her BS in Biology from Purdue University.
Christian manages the operations of the Well Living Lab in Rochester, MN. He oversees regulatory affairs and Institutional Review Board compliance. He is also in charge of procurement and purchasing for the Well Living Lab. He develops budget proposals, makes financial recommendations to the leadership team, and manages the relationships with vendors and service providers. Additionally, Christian supports the primary research studies conducted at the Well Living Lab.
Christian’s areas of expertise include environmental health, public health, regulatory affairs and project management. Prior to joining Delos, Christian managed several clinical trials at the Yale School of Medicine and was directly responsible for coordinating patient care and overseeing the regulatory requirements of trials. He also served on Yale’s Institutional Review Board.
Christian holds a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on Environmental Health Sciences and Regulatory Affairs from Yale University. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals.
Jie Zhao works in Delos Labs, the research and development team at Delos as a Senior Vice President. Jie leads project planning and execution at Delos Labs. He manages external relationships between Delos Labs and many of its business and research partners. Jie is also directly involved in the Well Living Lab in Rochester, MN as a scientist.
As an expert in the domains of thermal and lighting performance of buildings, building controls, building simulation, and occupant behavior, Jay has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and serves as a reviewer for more than 10 top tier academic journals. His work has been presented at more than 20 academic conferences. Jie holds a PhD in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Tongji University. He is a committee-level member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
Joleen Bernau has 30 years of leadership experience at Mayo Clinic, much of it focused in the outpatient practice, including working as a Clinic Operations Coordinator in Primary Care, the Department of Medicine, Medical Specialties and Surgery departments. Joleen has extensive experience in developing new care delivery models and system redesign utilizing the design thinking methodology. She has been part of the Center for Innovation CoDE funding awards through the Center for Innovation, which sponsors innovation projects throughout Mayo Clinic. CoDE stands for Connect, Design and Enable, and has become a mantra describing a design approach methodology for innovative projects centered on human needs and designed to transform the experience of health and health care. Joleen also helped establish and manage the Mayo Multidisciplinary Design Clinic. A unique, reconfigurable patient facing space within Mayo Clinic that allows care teams to bring patients into the design process as they develop new care models.
Kevin Hovde is a Sr. Project Manager in the Center for Innovation (CFI) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He holds an MBA and is PMP certified. Kevin brings a unique set of skills besides his project management expertise. He worked as an Asset Administrator for Surgical Services coordinating facility planning, construction, and oversight of their project management team. He also has experience as an Operations Manager where he partnered and worked collaboratively with physician and administrative leaders in managing the operations of Surgical Services. Kevin has been at Mayo Clinic for 13 years. Prior to Mayo, he worked in Strategic Procurement for Crenlo and as an assistant branch manager at Fastenal. Kevin has a strong knowledge of clinical operations and a proven track record in project management, supplies management, strategic opportunity analysis, and cost containment efforts.
Nick is a research engineer consultant with research experience in indoor and ambient air quality, indoor and ambient air microbial communities, airborne infection control and human-building interactions. Nick’s focus at the Well Living Lab includes environmental sensing, building controls, and data analysis.
Before joining the lab, Nick was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder for two years, researching a method of expanding negative pressure isolation room capacity at a hospital in the event of an airborne disease pandemic. During his Ph.D., Nick lead a four-year ambient air quality monitoring campaign with the aims of understanding the composition, sources and health impact of fine and coarse aerosols in urban and rural communities in Colorado. In his 10 years attending the University of Colorado Boulder, Nick received his bachelors (2009), master’s (2010), and Ph.D. (2013) from the Mechanical Engineering department.
Paige is a Behavioral Research Analyst here at the Well Living Lab. As such, she assists in the design and execution of research protocols, and in the collection and analysis of behavioral data from studies running in the lab.
Before joining the Well Living Lab team, Paige worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, she conducted developmental research that focused on mapping the country’s geographical food environment onto longitudinal data in order to better understand the role that the built environment plays in a child’s day-to-day family life. As the head research assistant in the lab, she helped to coordinate and disseminate tasks to other lab RAs to further facilitate data cleaning and analysis, in addition to reviewing GIS methodology in the social sciences. Collaborating with researchers from diverse academic backgrounds, she has worked on formatting IRB proposals, survey questions, and coding measures.
Paige received a BA in Psychology and French from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Rongpeng Zhang is a building scientist based at the Well Living lab. His primary research focus is on building performance modeling, simulation and optimization, energy prediction and management for building systems, and advanced HVAC system control. At the Well Living Lab he collaborates with scientists from diverse research backgrounds to conduct multi-disciplinary, human-centered research designed to understand the interactions between indoor environments and occupant behavior, health and wellness.
Before joining Delos, Rongpeng worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There he served as a primary investigator in several DOE and industrial research projects, including EnergyPlus new feature development, advanced VRF-HR system control, modeling of HVAC operational faults, demand response quick assessment tool for refrigerated warehouses, and Commercial Building Energy Saver platform development.
Rongpeng received his Ph.D. in Building Performance and Diagnostics program from Carnegie Mellon University. His doctoral research centered on the dynamic optimization of integrated HVAC operation, and the development of web-based information technology infrastructures and regulatory repositories for green building codes (iCodes). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Built Environment and Facilities Engineering at Tongji University.
Sara is passionate about development of new techniques and biometric indicators to assess the health and wellness of the human body under varying conditions. After earning a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia in Colombia she received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. During her Ph.D., Sara focused on developing theory and experimental approaches to evaluate the mechanical properties of soft tissues as a screening tool for various diseases using medical ultrasound. In addition, Sara has worked on developing algorithms for optimization of wearable devices.
While a student at Mayo Clinic’s Graduate School, Sara was in charge of research grants aimed at developing an alternative to invasive needle biopsy for monitoring acute rejection in transplanted organs. She was responsible for the design of the clinical research protocols, establishing lines of communication, delegating and coordinating the tasks between the clinical care team, sonographers, study coordinators, and the research team. Sara has also been involved in an Initiative for Medical Equipment Sustainability (IMES) at Mayo Clinic which aims at enhancing medical equipment availability and sustainability in Central America.
At the Well living Lab, Sara will contribute her knowledge and experience to the wearables research field by exploring the tremendous power of digital physiological signals and the amount of knowledge these signals can help us harness to further understand the effect of the indoor environment on human health and performance. Sara specializes in signal processing, biological modeling and clinical research.
At the Well Living Lab, Shaun’s primary role is in supporting the maintenance, performance and optimization of the mechanical infrastructure and data collection capabilities of the facility. He participates in the development of methodologies and procedures that will further directed research initiatives. Shaun also assists in the collection of data measuring the performance of sensors and building control systems.
Shaun specializes in product development, particularly hardware design. He has extensive experience in the domain of sensor development. Shaun’s areas of expertise also include power analysis and sustainable energy.
He received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in power and sustainable energy from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; where he investigated renewable energy implementation methods. Notably, Shaun participated in the implementation of Luminescent Solar Concentrators – an emerging technology, as a way of educating students and faculty in cost-effective energy.
Shabih is a computer scientist at the well living Lab in Rochester, MN. He leads the design and maintenance of the Well Living Labs’ robust and highly scalable data analytics platform. Additionally, he advises on technological aspects of research studies such as the choice of wearables and other tracking devices.
Shabih specializes in machine learning, signal processing, wearable computing, mobile health and mobile ecological momentary assessments. Prior to joining Delos, Shabih acquired extensive experience in building end-to-end healthcare systems, ranging from building mobile data collection platforms to creating machine learning models for generating actionable insights about human behavior, and physiology.
He holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering from the Aligarh Muslim University in India. In 2013, he received the Best Student Paper Award at the 26th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (IEEE CBMS).